Two of the region's beloved snowdogs have been damaged again- just days after they were last targeted by vandals.
These Great North Snowdogs are just two of 60 giant snowdog sculptures that have been placed in high-profile locations across the North East as part of a public art trail running for 10 weeks.
The dogs- Aerodog in Market Square, Sunderland and Shaggy Dog Stories which resided in a North Tyneside park- were only put in place last month, but have been repeatedly damaged by vandals and now have had to be removed again for repair works to be carried out.
A St Oswald's Hospice spokesman said: "We are aware that the snowdogs have been damaged and they have now been taken away for repair.
"We are looking at options for a more secure location for these two snowdogs as they have been damaged a few times before."
Members of the public taking part in the trail are being reminded to treat the animals gently and not sit on the snowdogs when they visit.
This week Pawdington the snowdog, who was outside the Customs House in South Shields, was returned to his post after being damaged last weekend.
Once the trail ends, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.
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